November 20, 2020
A Time of Thanks and Giving
As the weather changes, the season of giving thanks and providing for those less fortunate is upon us. As the Superintendent for Gurnee School District 56, I have the opportunity to represent the District on both the Gurnee Rotary and Exchange Clubs. These community organizations seek to support our community with a focus on individuals and families experiencing significant needs.
This month, the Gurnee Exchange Club will be awarding Gurnee School District a grant that will support our PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention System) programs in our schools. Even though we are in Remote Learning, our teachers are still working to manage the behavior of students during class and reward them for participation and engagement. Our PBIS program seeks to recognize those efforts and reward our students.
In December, the Exchange Club will participate in a fundraising effort for Keeping Families Covered. This organization provides for mothers and children in need. The Exchange Club is currently raising money for a donation for diapers! If you’d like to help, please see the link below.
Keeping Families Covered
Also, this month, the Gurnee Rotary Club has begun its fundraising efforts for Operation Warm. Operation Warm provides winter coats for students in need. This year, they are attempting to support students from both Woodland District 50 and Gurnee District 56. For every $20.00 donated, a student in need will receive a coat. Once the fundraising effort closes we will be notified of the number of students able to receive a coat, this year. If you’d like to help please see the link below.
Return to School Information
Everyone is likely looking forward to enjoying the holidays with family. Please do your best to follow the guidelines and minimize your celebrations as best you can. The Incidence and Positivity Rates continue to climb in our service area. The Incidence Rate has reached as much as or more than 7 times the allowable rate this past week. The Positivity Rate has more than doubled the allowable rate. These metrics are much higher than when we were working under the Stay at Home order this past spring. It may become necessary to move all of our district operations home in the coming weeks.
Though none of this supports a return to school, we continue to prepare. Early next week those of you who opted to return will receive information as to whether or not your child is assigned to the A or B group for scheduling purposes. Following the holiday, bussing information for those of you opting for transportation, is planned to be available in Skyward. This information is only for families that are wishing to send their students to school when we are able to do so. Please continue to watch your emails and text messages for information. Remember the metrics are continually updated on the D56 website. If you have already minimized the pop up, simply click on the exclamation point (!) in the bottom right hand corner and it will reopen with the most current information available.